Welcome to our March newsletter

Valley REN Voice

Valley tourism on show in Boston

Nova Scotia enjoyed its best tourism year on record in 2016, generating $2.6 billion in revenue and marking the third consecutive year of growth. Tourism plays a key role in the Annapolis Valley and it can play a bigger role in our economy. 
To support Valley tourism, the Valley REN joined the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce to showcase the region at the annual Boston Globe Travel Show, February 10-12, in Boston, Massachusetts. Emily Konrath (above left), an economic development officer with the Valley REN, attended with Heather Leeman (above right), chair of the chamber’s Tourism Marketing Committee. They were part of a delegation led by Bay Ferries, with regional tourism associations from various parts of Nova Scotia.

Valley REN business survey

Thank you! to the 70 businesses who have completed our survey.
There’s still time to take the survey (you’ll need about 10 minutes) and enter our draw to win a $75 dinner for two at a fine-dining experience in the Annapolis Valley.

The right talent, right here

Discover the value of engaging students in your workplace/business.
Reserve your free ticket today
Monday March 27: 8-10 AM

We hope you can join us at this free event hosted by the Valley REN, NSCC and Acadia University Co-operative Education. The event includes:           
→ complimentary networking breakfast, 8:00-8:30 am
→ keynote by Acadia University President, Ray Ivany
→ panel discussion with Q&A

→ showcase of “experiential learning” opportunities

Free parking will be available in the parking lots marked with an “X” on this campus map of Acadia University. Fountain Commons on Crowell Drive is #26 on this map.
Reserve your free ticket
A catalyst for economic development in the Annapolis Valley
Who we are:
The Valley REN was incorporated in March 2014 under the Municipal Government Act. We have a mandate to be the catalyst for economic development in the Valley region. Our partners in the Valley REN are Glooscap First Nation, the municipalities of the County of Kings and the District of West Hants, and the Towns of Berwick, Kentville, Middleton, Windsor and Wolfville. We are jointly funded by our regional partners and the Province of Nova Scotia. Our volunteer Board of Directors, drawn from the private sector, delivers a wealth of experience in business and economic leadership. A Liaison and Oversight committee – representing regional partners and the province – ensures public accountability.

Our mission:
To guide and navigate regional economic development, while providing support to businesses; operating as a connector among economic development partners; supporting business growth and retention; and providing leadership on economic priorities.

Our vision:
“Communities working together to create a prosperous region.”
Our guiding values:
Community  |  Integrity  |  Respect  |  Excellence  |  Trust
How can we help you?

Making connections for businesses and employers

Valley businesses are seeing the benefits of meeting with the Valley REN for one-on-one consultations to help them access government support programs. One of these programs is WIPSI (Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive), which supports workforce training. We know from early results coming in from the Valley REN 2017 Business Survey that accessing training is a challenge for business. We can help! 
Contact James Schofield
Economic Development Officer 
Ph: 1 (902) 698-9192

Developing strategic sectors in the Valley

We are working with businesses to support collaboration and development in agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, information & communications technologies (ICT) and sustainable energy.
Contact Emily Konrath
Economic Development Officer 
Ph: 1 (902) 670-0542

Catch up on some reading

February 2017 Valley REN Voice
January 2017 Valley REN Voice
December 2016 Valley REN Voice
November 2016 Valley REN Voice
October 2016 Valley REN Voice

Read our blog here.

Thank you for reading our March newsletter

Please share your ideas for how we can provide content in our newsletter that is valuable for you. And follow our new Twitter account Opportunities Now! @ValleyREN as we share opportunities for business growth in the Annapolis Valley.

Kelly R.M. Ells, CEO
By working together we can create a more prosperous region.
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